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Top 5 Sewing Must Haves

Top 5 Sewing Must Haves

There’s something about the fresh spring air and the promise of warm weather that always seems to bring new sewists about and I just love that! There is so much to learn when it comes to sewing and there are many questions that come with the territory. Additionally, even the most seasoned of sewists look for new ideas, tips and tricks to add to their arsenal. One of my favorite questions which is often asked is “What are your sewing must haves?” Every time I see this question, I learn something new and I can’t wait to share my current top 5 list with you.
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How to adjust the length of the Beach Crop Top

How to adjust the length of the Beach Crop Top

Hello there! It’s Melissa again and I have a modification for the kids Beach Dreaming Crop Top pattern (affiliate link) I wanted to share with you. This is one of my most favorite Ellie and Mac patterns for my daughter. I feel like I sew at least one up each week. 

My daughter enjoys having crop tops of various lengths so I frequently modify the crop top to different lengths based on what she’s feeling like that day. 

I typically have three different lengths I go to for my daughter. She currently wears the size 7/8. These lengths are the normal drafted length, shortened by 2.5 inches, and shortened by 5 inches. I use the same piece, I just fold it to remove the length. 

Here are the three different lengths cut out with the front and back bodice pieces. The lemonade is the standard length according to the pattern, the watermelon is 2.5 inches removed and the be kind print has 5 inches of length removed. 
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True Beauty Band Hack

True Beauty Band Hack

I’m sharing how I modified the True Beauty I posted to the Ellie and Mac group page a few weeks ago. I wasn’t expecting the attention it got, but I had several people in various groups asking how I made it. I figured I’d make another one and share my process! Let’s begin…
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Sunny Day Dress: simple hacks

Sunny Day Dress: simple hacks

Hello there! It’s Melissa again and I have a few modifications for the Sunny Day dress I would like to share with you. This is one of my most favorite Ellie and Mac patterns for myself. I wear one at least once a week. 

I decided I wanted to try making a version that didn’t have a lined bodice, with a hemmed neck and sleeves. I know those sound like a lot of changes, but I knew it would turn out okay. 

First to adjust the bodice, I mashed the Sunny Day Dress with the Watch and See Dress. 
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Ruffle Sleeve Kimono: How To Hack The Free Spirit Kimono

Ruffle Sleeve Kimono: How To Hack The Free Spirit Kimono

Hey everyone! I'm Stephanie, here to show you today how to turn the Free Spirit Kimono up a notch by adding a ruffle to the sleeve! & Just in time for Kimono Season! I keep seeing all these cute kimonos with ruffle sleeves. I sent it to Lindsey and she said, “I bet you can totally do that with our kimono!” and she was RIGHT! This was such an easy hack that keeps up with the trends!
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Upcycle & Hack: Your Way Into An Eco and Budget Friendly Wardrobe

Upcycle & Hack: Your Way Into An Eco and Budget Friendly Wardrobe

Upcycling – there are oh-so-many reasons to do it! It is eco-friendly, good for the wallet, and most importantly, fun! I'll focus on the fun part of this experience: the Sewing!

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How To Chevron - Tips and Tricks

How To Chevron - Tips and Tricks

Stripes are one of my favorite fabric patterns to use, and one of the things I love doing is cutting it on the bias and to create a chevron. It’s flattering to the figure and a nice change from the straight across (or up and down) look.

One of the trickiest things about the process is cutting the pattern pieces so the perfect align when assembling your project. Today I’m going to share with you how I tackle it.

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Summer Dress Pattern Tutorial

Summer Dress Pattern Tutorial

It’s finally summer time!!! This is my favorite time of year because it means no school, swimming, margaritas, and summer dresses.  I’m a teacher, so by the time June rolls around, I am just itching to summer sew! Ellie and Mac just recently released the Oasis Swimsuit. As soon as I saw the tester photos, I messaged Lindsey, asking if I could PLEASE write a blog post on making it into a dress. So here I am :)
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Get Your Swim On With This Easy Hack

Get Your Swim On With This Easy Hack

Hello everyone, my name is Maggie.  I am a stay at home mom and have the sweetest, smart, fun (I’m sure all parents say that about their kids) 4 year old daughter. I absolutely love sewing for her. This is my first post for Ellie and Mac and I couldn’t be more excited. 

It’s Memorial Day, the unofficial start of summer.  That means pools, beaches, BBQs and swimsuit season. I don’t know about you guys, but one of my favorite things to make for my daughter is swimsuits. There is something so magically amazing about the look on her face when she sees a new swimsuit. Maybe because she knows we are going to the pool, hahaha. But I’ll take it.

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Pattern Mixing Made Sew Easy

Pattern Mixing Made Sew Easy

 I am here to talk about this scary thing called “Pattern Mixing.”  I love to express myself through clothing, and pattern mixing is such a fun way to do so, but I, like many others, don’t really want to end up looking like I belong at a circus. (Well, maybe I do sometimes… after all I am a K4 teacher…) So, I have a few basic points I take into consideration when I’m deciding on a match, and here they are for you!
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